Leader of Minneapolis' Beat Down Posse gets maximum sentence

Joe Gustafson was sentenced to 15 years for racketeering. Authorities consider him the CEO of the notorious Minneapolis gang. They say his bail bond business was a front for the gang's activities.

Joe Gustafson was sentenced to 15 years for racketeering. Authorities consider him the CEO of the notorious Minneapolis gang. They say his bail bond business was a front for the gang's activities.

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Joseph Duane Gustafson, Jr. has been convicted for his role in a family bail bond business that prosecutors say was a front for a violent gang that terrorized the North Side of Minneapolis. His father was convicted weeks earlier.

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